MINUTES OF ZOOM MEETING:  Tuesday, December 15, 2020

                              Editor:  Hilda Finnigan


Dec 20 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Sharron Morrison

Dec 23 – Happy Birthday to YOU !!! Chidinma Igboanugo


On the Zoom Call Tonight:

Pres Sue MacKinnon, Kris Sachdeva, Janice Coupland, David Andrews,  Al and Hilda Finnigan, Ted & Sharron Morrison,  Bill Creamer, Robbie &Terri Lynn  Larocque,  Ana Rejab, Tim Dwyre, Larry Hurren, Bob & Patti Koski, Leon Efraim, David and Jan Penney.

Guests :   A warm welcome to Andrei and Jolema (our fundraiser website developers) , guests of Ana Rejab

THANK YOU FOR ZOOM in 2020: To our very own Oshawa-Parkwood Rotarian Eric Guernsey for arranging the Zoom Meeting sharing with Heather McMillan, Executive Director of the Durham Workforce Authority, The Durham Workforce Authority is the acknowledged provider of local workforce information and champion of workforce development initiatives unique to Durham Region. Their Mission is to produce and offer comprehensive Labour Market Information to our stakeholders, to facilitate workforce solutions by engaging community partners and employers and to encourage development and maintenance of a sustainable and dynamic workforce. It was so nice to be able to have a whole hour for our Zoom meeting. We look forward to 2021 with your help. THANK YOU.



ROTARY CHRISTMAS TREE SALE: a great success . Our net will be over $3,000 for our club. Special thanks to Emmy Iheme and Sue for organizing this great joint  venture. As Emmy said on Facebook…. 2 Great Rotary Clubs in one Great Community.




Put your empties to work for your Community on January 9, 2021. Proceeds support Rotary community service projects.

Members of the Rotary Club of Oshawa and the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood have joined forces to raise money for the community. SAVE YOUR EMPTIES NOW and donate them on January 9. Anything the Beer Stores and LCBO Stores accept !!! DROP OFF (10 am to 4 pm):   LOCATION: Oshawa Centre - Stevenson & King, 419 King St W, Oshawa, ON L1J 2K5 North West Parking Lot . 2 Great Rotary Clubs in 1 great community!

OUR REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS WILL NOT BE AT THE OSHAWA GOLF CLUB UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We will let you know when that may happen. As it stands right now, the Oshawa Golf Club is not hosting any outside organizations (such as ourselves) at the present time.

DUES ARE DUE: You have all received an invoice from our Treasurer, Bill Creamer, for the 2020-21 Rotary Dues. There are still a few members who have not paid. You can send him a cheque or you can pay Bill by e-transfer. The address of the e-transfer is  parkwoodrotaryacct@gmail.com and make sure the answer to the question is Oshawa.

MEALS ON WHEELS:  – Volunteers Are Still Required - We need help, members. Bill and Sue have been the only ones helping so far. Thank you to those who have volunteered. Please contact Bill or Sue if you can help. This is a commitment we have as a Rotary Club to ensure the success of this very important community service. Monday is our day to volunteer.

BULLETIN EDITORS REQUIRED: Volunteers Are Still Required  -We need help, members. Past President Hilda Finnigan is asking everyone in the club to volunteer for a month and write the Club Bulletin. We still need editors for the rest of December 2020 through June 2021.   Please let Hilda Finnigan know as soon as you can.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED ZOOM SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR ROTARY CLUB -  includes a New Members Get-togethers, and a Grow Rotary Workshops for all Rotarians and Rotaractors (register for the following workshops online at rotary7070.org.) :

NEW MEMBERS’ GET TOGETHER – 1 hour on a weekday evening – currently all slated on Zoom – what an excellent opportunity for any member, new or old, to learn more about Rotary. Everyone is welcome.


GROW ROTARY WORKSHOPS – Approximately 90 minutes on a Saturday morning - currently all slated on Zoom – interact with Rotarians from all over the District. Get ideas and offer ideas how we can grow our club membership. Here is a link to the recorded  Oct 3  Zoom Grow Rotary Workshop. https://youtu.be/M8m5B0kJes4

Many excellent ideas to grow Rotary in this session. Are you interested in your club’s path to Grow Rotary ?  Having a strong vibrant Rotary Club involves Membership - looking after our members - new, seasoned and potential, Public Image – reaching out to our communities showing them what we do and showing the power of what we can do – our Foundation.  Hear from some D7070 Clubs that are successfully Growing Rotary in the current situation.  We encourage at least 3 members from a club to attend so you can share the discussion and work on plans integrating Membership, Public Image and Foundation in your growth strategy.

District 7070 Rotary Foundation Committee Members Still Wanted!!! – Bob Wallace is still looking for new members for the District Foundation Committee to help spend our Rotary District 7070’s money (grant money that is). See the District website www.rotary7070.org (centre column) for more details.  Isn’t it time that you volunteered beyond your own Rotary Club?

Interested in becoming an Assistant Governor? ...or know someone who may be interested in this role?  We are in the process of seeking several enthusiastic, qualified Rotarians to take on the important role of AG next year.   Check out the attached document outlining the AG mandate and qualifications required – still time to send in your application and can be emailed to DG Mark Chipman.  Rotary offers "endless opportunities" and this may be one of them for you!

Check out both Leadership Opportunities here: https://rotary7070.org/sitepage/current-leadership-opportunities


Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup- Plan is for all clubs in District to participate!. Plans are underway to team up with all Clubs/Districts within the Great Lakes watershed on April 24, 2021 to clean up the shores of our waterways.  Save the date! Also we encourage you to join the FB Group by clicking here.


Our next BINGO is To Be Announced - Doors open at 5:45 PM.  - We Need to be there by 5 PM. Note: Only 4 volunteers at the Bingos at the present time: ONE Banker. TWO front desk Sales People and ONE U Pick Em Sales Person. Please see Hilda or Sandy as soon as possible if you can be on a team. We need your support. Bingo Volunteers Are Still Required Ongoing basis – New Teams Are Being Set Up  - We need help, members.  Please let Sandy know if YOU are available for future Bingos. Things are different under COVID-19. With only 2 bingo sessions a day, we may only get one bingo per month. Stay tuned.  PLEASE NOTE: Doors will be opened at 11:30 am for our 12:30 pm session and 5:45 pm for the 6:45 pm session.

KIDS SAFETY VILLAGE – UPDATE  - It was decided not to have Christmas at The Village this year due to the COVID-19 restrictions and our concern for the safety of the kids and their parents. It was also decided to allow the Durham Region Police Service use the Village as a drop off point for all of the citizens of Durham Region to drop off food and toys for the annual Durham Regional Police Service Food and Toy Drive. Christmas food and toy collection (donations of  non-perishable foods and new unwrapped toys for those in need in Durham Region, cash and gift cards so food and toys can be purchased, all gratefully accepted) and will be distributed to Durham agencies such as Simcoe Hall Settlement House and Salvation Army. Biggest need: teen gifts for both boys and girls, toiletries. Donations can also be dropped off at any DRPS Division and Headquarters in Whitby or any Fire Station in Ajax, Clarington, Oshawa, and Whitby, and this year, at the Kids Safety Village. Here is a link from Oshawa express to get more details : http://oshawaexpress.ca/drps-kicks-off-annual-food-and-toy-drive/ 


Rotary Leadership Institute  - On Zoom for 2020-21 - Register Today for the January 2021 Part II and the February 2021 Part III

The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) has a mission to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. As Rotarians, you are already a leader in your community and in your profession. The purpose of RLI is to give you the skills and competencies to be an effective leader in Rotary. Rotarians new to Rotary and even those with many years of service will benefit from learning how we can create strong clubs with vibrant members who are engaged and committed to Service Above Self.  Now more than ever, the world needs Rotarians to create a more peaceful and equitable world for all.

Part II: Wednesday, January 13, Wednesday, January 20, Wednesday, January 27 (REGISTER TODAY). Part II is open to any Rotarian or Rotaractor who has completed Part I 

Part III: Wednesday, February 10, Wednesday, February 17, Wednesday, February 24 (REGISTER TODAY). Part III is open to any Rotarian or Rotaractor who has completed Part II 

TIME:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom videoconference. FEE:  $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation is being requested for each Rotarian

REGISTER TODAY : Classes will be 15+ in size.

FOR PART II: https://rotary7070.org/event/district-7070-rli-part-2-jan--13th--20th--27th-2021 and

FOR PART III: https://rotary7070.org/event/district-7070-rli-part-3-feb--10th--17th--and-24th--2021/

For more information, please contact Susan Hunter at susan.hunter@rotarytoronto.com



Joe Solway, Chair of the Concert, thanked our Rotary Club for our donation and invited everyone to tune in to Facebook Live on Dec 20 from 1 pm to 5 pm for the 3rd annual Concert for Feed The Need Durham. Over 30 performers (4 of which are Juno award winners): Cale Crowe, Jack De Keyzer, Kalista Wilson, Kris Barclay, Leah Daniels, Meghan Patrick, Noel Sinclair, just to name a few. The need this year for food is more acute than ever. Donations will be appreciated on the live telecast. Drop in for a while and see the entertainers. See some of the details on their website: https://feedtheneedindurham.ca/feed_the_need_durham_holiday_concert_2020/

Be sure to register to get the live feed: https://feedtheneedindurham.ca/feed_the_need_durham_holiday_concert_2020/#register

WHO DOES THE CONCERT BENEFIT? Food insecurity across the country is at the highest level in decades due to  COVID-19. This musical showcase is in support of Feed The Need in Durham's response to food insecurity in the community.







President Sue and her committee are looking at having a VIRTUAL DINNER with Bistro 238 in the near future (likely in the new year).  It may even be on an ongoing basis, every two weeks. This will be pick up and / or delivery. We will need volunteer drivers for one evening, every two weeks. Please let President Sue know as soon as you can. Lots to planning taking place for this new fundraiser. We need your help. Be sure to check out the Bistro 238 website for a sample of their

offerings: https://www.bistro238.com/.



Hilda Finnigan has delivered to 12 friends of Rotary this year, our annual good cheer at Christmas time with poinsettias. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with this act of kindness. Nice thank you note sent from Donna and Bruce Mackey and from Terry Giles, sent to all members.